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Same Pen—Different Papers

Throughout the spring this year I was testing watercolor papers. I made signatures of the watercolor papers I was testing and then used the same materials in each of the booklets. This is a quick and easy way to compare papers because you only have 16 pages until you can move on to the next […]

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Why I Love Gouache

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch in a Japanese Lined Journal. This sketch was made on a spread first covered with Montana Acrylic Marker and washi tape. I then painted with gouache, just the areas of the portrait that I wanted to paint, using the paint opaquely when I wanted to obscure the lines and background color, […]

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Project Friday on a Monday—Working in a Series: Meet the Finches

Above: Two entries from my current, ongoing Finch Series. Montana Acrylic Marker for background and underpainting, with Pentel pigment brush pen sketches and gouache all in a Japanese Lined Journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. You'll be able to read all about Nigel and Pete if you do. I love working in […]

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My 2015 End-of-Year Evaluation and Wrap Up

Above: 11 x 15 inch sketch on cheap ("I'll fall apart if you put wet media on me like you're trying to do" Paper), with Pentel Pigment brush pen and Pentel Dye-based brush pen with water. Selfie, showing my painting shirt, sketched while standing before a mirror in the bathroom. I was sketching Dick on this […]

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Which Dog Are You Feeding?

Above: Sketch made with the Pentel brush pen with pigmented ink and color added with various acrylic markers. (Japanese Lined Journal, slightly grey paper, approx. 8.75 x 11 inches.) I used this sketch from my journal to day because it shows my Editing Eye in action, not content to stop at a really bad drawing, […]

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The Importance of Regular Self Evaluations in Our Creative Lives

Above: One of my goals this year has been to draw as many interesting noses, ears, and beards as I can. Even on days when I can't get out and draw people from life, I might stay up late and get some practice in, sketching from TV or from old photographs I've collected. (Sketch in […]

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Murdock Mysteries and Thoughts on Showing Up

Above: Sketch in one of my Japanese lined paper journals—brush pen, acrylic marker. The text is all readable so I'll leave you to click on the image and view the enlargement and read it. I like to recommend television shows and movies every now and then on a Friday post. I have mixed feelings today […]

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Project Friday—A Movie-Related Sketching Project

Above: First sketch while watching "Ironclad." Pentel pigment ink ColorBrush with fine tip and washes with Pentel dye-based ink ColorBrush and Niji waterbrush. Japanese Lined Journal (7 x 10 inches). Note: All the images in today's post are made with the same media in the same book as the first image—Pentel pigment ink ColorBrush with […]

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Why I Find Certain Faces Easier To Draw AND a TV SHOW Recommenation

Above: Two Pentel fine-tipped pigment Colorbrush sketches, with shading done with their dye-based brush pens and a Niji waterbrush. Background color is Montana Marker with some washi tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement and read below to see why I've put this image here today. Since I've already looked at Jean Reno […]

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Why I Embrace Messes on My Journal Pages

Above: While watching a TV show one night the excellent actress Jean Marsh was dying and sick in bed and it struck me as an interesting angle to work. I had already scribbled some yellow Montana acrylic marker on the page. I had a red watercolor brush pen I wanted to work with so I […]

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